Waking Up, Alive: The Descent, The Suicide Attempt... and the Return to Life.

Waking Up, Alive: The Descent, The Suicide Attempt... and the Return to Life.

by Richard A. Heckler

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“It’s hard to imagine a hopeful or inspiring book on suicide,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle, “until you begin reading the astonishing WAKING UP, ALIVE.” “Turning toward suicide can be one of the starkest expressions of human suffering that exists,” writes Tara Brach, author of TRUE REFUGE. "In this groundbreaking book we are guided into the hearts and minds of those who have descended into this hell realm, and emerged, able to re-choose life and communicate about the journey.” “Many of the interviewees,” writes Kirkus Reviews, "were experts at putting up a facade. But once this facade could no longer be maintained, many fell into a state that Heckler identifies as the ‘suicidal trance.’ At this stage, suicide seems a logical option--almost an imperative.” “A wise and ultimately life-affirming work,” says Jack Kornfield. “EXTRAORDINARY,” writes the Los Angeles Daily News, “FASCINATING… Worthwhile reading both as a kind of survival epic and for the lessons it affords us all coping with the trials of daily life.” “An invigorating testament to the resilience of the human spirit,” writes Wayne Muller, author of LEGACY OF THE HEART, “Richard Heckler skillfully guides us through the most unimaginable sorrow and despair, and allows us to taste the triumphant harvest of healing and grace.” “Like a drowning man grasping a life raft,” writes Stanford professor and TED lecturer, JD Schramm, “I found Heckler's WAKING UP, ALIVE at a very crucial time in my life during the summer of 2003. His wonderful writing style and candid personal sharing make this a powerful book to read and absorb. His work was the first to speak directly to those who've attempted suicide and failed. For decades to follow it was the only resource out there. The world welcomes this reintroduction of a seminal work. It's a must read for those who've tried and failed, and those who love them.” Revised, updated and expanded edition.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148307204
Publisher: Author & Company
Publication date: 02/20/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,052,776
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Dr. Richard A. Heckler has worked in the field of psychology, as a therapist, professor and consultant for over thirty years, drawing heavily on Buddhist psychology, eastern meditative traditions, the psychology of the body and a comprehensive understanding of systems theory as it applies to individuals, couples and families. He teaches at John F. Kennedy University in San Jose, and is the Coordinator of the Buddhist Psychology Emphasis in the Graduate School of Professional Studies. Richard founded and directed the Hakomi Institute of San Francisco for twenty-one years, where he trained therapists from the West Coast, the wider U.S. and England. He is CEO and co-owner of The Next Step (Professional Visioning for the 21st Century), has recently become the Director of Family Programs for the Institute of the Southwest in Santa Fe, NM, and is a professional photographer.

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Waking Up, Alive: The Descent, the Suicide Attempt... And, the Return to Life! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadsEverything2 More than 1 year ago
This was the first and is still the best book that HELPS.  For you or someone you love.  Wish like crazy Williams had had it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Waking up Alive" engages with great sensitivity and fearless honesty the human experience of pain and suffering. In his book, Dr. Heckler provides us a window into the world of people whose tumultuous life experiences have reached a deep level of despair, hopelessness and isolation. Reading the interviews provides us with a pathway to listen to people who believe they cannot overcome their turmoil, who are walled off from the world and sliding toward the brink of choosing death over life. His book provides insight and understanding regarding the slow road to recovery. Dr. Heckler shares some very direct and poignant interviews showing how people rebuilt their lives and made connections to the world. An excellent read for anyone and a must read for mental health professionals. Harry Seltzer LCSW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago